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for a trap? a wild showdown in wisconsin over collective bargaining rights for public unions. is it a taste of thins to come? educating wars heat up. reformers more drastic measures to improve school performance. we'll talk to someone who spent a decade on the frontlines.
the heart of it in madison, wisconsin. good night. >>> good evening, americans! and welcome to "the ed show" from madison, wisconsin, tonight. at the front lines, workers, fighting for their rights and their livelihood here in the great state of wisconsin. i have to tell you, folks, that i have never been more connected, emotionally to a story in my entire career. there's something about the heartland, there's something about the voices i heard today, there's something about wisconsin. this is ground zero for labor in this country. we are on the front line for the ideological fight for america. madison, wisconsin, at this hour, protests here in this city are still at a fever pitch. the wisconsin senate democrats have left the state and governor scott walker, well, he did not get his union-busting bill today. the story, i think, is far from over. we affectionately call them the wisconsin 14, a group of 14 senate democrats left wisconsin for illinois earlier today. without them, the senate doesn't have the three-fifths attendance that it's going to need to take a vote. that's key. scott fitzg
and who own it together. the team is a nonprofit. that team, of course, is from wisconsin, from green bay, wisconsin. it is hard to imagine them being from anywhere else. this is what wisconsin looks like. this right here is the town of union, wisconsin. yes, i should have specified which one i meant, because actually there are seven towns in the state of wisconsin that are called union. not north union and west union and east union, no, they're all called union, wisconsin. there is one in pierce county, in burnett county, in door county. there are seven towns called union, and they are all over the state. you know the whole concept of unemployment insurance, that while you're employed you pay a small part of your paycheck for unemployment insurance, and if you get laid off, that system pays you unemployment benefits. you know where we got that from? wisconsin. they enacted the first unemployment compensation law in 1932. you know the idea of worker's compensation, know where we got that from? wisconsin. in 1911, wisconsin passed the nation's first statewide worker's compensation law. it
word with lawrence o'donnell" starts now. >>> governor scott walker tells wisconsin there's only room for one way, that's right, his way. >> the bill i put forward is a pain for workers. missing senate democrats must know their failure to go to work will lead to dire consequences soon. >> new threats of job losses if the wisconsin senate doesn't vote. >> wisconsin governor scott walker is threatening to layoff 1600 state workers. >> it is his bill, his proposal or nothing else. >> a toxic mix of collapsing revenue driven by falling home prices and rising unemployment that then matches up with rising debt. left in the middle, hard working americans. >> democratic lawmakers in wisconsin are still mia as they try to stop a vote on that tough budget bill. >> we decided last night that we need a little more time to persuade our republican colleagues. >> in the fight of his life, the president of the aflcio joins us. >> we stand together or we fall together. we are asking the people of wisconsin to stand with us. >> this isn't about balancing the budget. this is about making political choic
. >>> the governor of wisconsin remains defiant, so do the protesters. fights over the rights of state workers may be only the first of many across america. >> today, chaos. >> people can't take it any more. >> where the heck are these guys. >> they need to show up, do the o job they were paid to do. >> wisconsin state senators still in hiding. >> have the guts to show up and do your job. don't hide in another state. >> the rotunda is filled. >> mr. senator, i suppose you're not going to tell us where you are. are you still in an undisclosed location? >> are you going to stay out for weeks? >> hiding out in another state is not a way for democracy to operate. >> now with dozens of schools closed, protests reach night four and the divide remains firmly on party lines. >> it is about the right, fundamental right to shrek bargain your contract. >> a lot of budget problems are -- >> the president said it is an assault on the union. >> president reagan fired air traffic controllers. we are on day three of wisconsin teachers leaving their post. >> there is a point at which you begin to demonize public e
with a battle in wisconsin. let me tell you why this is so important. look, this isn't just about the workers in wisconsin anymore. it's not about that state anymore. it's not about spending cuts in wisconsin. it's not about the public unions. it's about all of us now. it's about the average guy. it's about the working class, and it's about the fight and the war on the middle class that the republicans want to start. you think they're going to stop at public unions? look all over the place, they're not. we're going to show you that in a second. they're going to the private unions next. i have a bold proposal tonight, that we fight back, and i think wisconsin is the perfect place to do it. now, let me show you what's happening right now, so you see the urgency of the problem. governor scott walker of wisconsin is turning up the pressure on 14 democratic state senators who of course remain out of the state. how is he doing that? he's threatening to start firing a lot of the state employees, starting next week, if the lawmakers don't return to wisconsin and allow a vote on the bill. what does th
for the next hour. i'm here to report that there is nothing wrong in the state of wisconsin. wisconsin is fine. wisconsin is great, actually. despite what you may have heard about wisconsin's finances, wisconsin is on track to have a budget surplus this year. i am not kidding. i'm quoting their own version of the congressional budget office, the state's own nonpartisan assess the state's finances agency. that agency said the month that the new republican governor of wisconsin was sworn in, last month, that the state was on track to have a $120 million budget surplus this year. so then why exactly does wisconsin look like this right now? why is there a revolt in the american midwest tonight? why are we in day three of massive, massive protests? real upheaval in wisconsin's capital city of madison. why are we seeing what was described today by my friend john nicholls, a seventh-generation wisconsinite as perhaps the biggest protests that have been seen in that state since vietnam? why is this -- look at this. why is this happening? the state's own finances show it is not happening because people
new york. this is what's on the table tonight. i guess you could say as wisconsin goes, so goes the nation. that's the plan for the republicans. workers fight back against the corporate extremist governor. he seems to want to cut everything. everyone should be watching to see really who blinks first. you can bet governors chris christie of new jersey and ka sec of ohio are watching to see if wisconsin's governor can roll labor. what's happening now is just the beginning. this is the third straight day that we've been leading this show with this story, and other news channels are starting to catch up. but they're getting it wrong. and we'll tell you why. this is the story that has me fired up again tonight. it is day number six of protests in wisconsin, and it exploded, upwards of 30,000 people gathered today to say no. we've been all over this story from the very beginning and now the rest of the national media is waking up. cnn finally realized that protests just don't happen in the middle east. the conservative kabal went on the attack today. karl rove jumped all over the unio
of wisconsin admitted that he considered sending trouble makers into the crowd of protesters in madison, he admitted to something that could have put lives at risk. pretty serious stuff. and my exclusive interview with the men and women standing up to the assault on american workers, the wisconsin 14. they are holding on. one week after they left the state. but this is the story that has me fired up tonight. now, understand sometimes as a liberal we like to go into our own locker room and do some tough love. okay? here we go tonight with "the ed show." i don't want to be judged on style points anymore. i don't want to judge the president of the united states on style points anymore. this right now, mr. president, is all about action. and i have to ask you tonight, where are you? it is day 11 of the protests in madison. and there is still no deal between the wisconsin 14 and governor scott walker. the great americans in madison have come out day after day and captured the attention of the nation. except for the white house. it's been lukewarm in my opinion. the only statement president obama
.com. >> have a great night. >> greta: this is a fox news alert. wisconsin law makers confirmed the governor ordered armed officers to escort them and their staff out of the capitol. they were told the safety of state lawmakers cannot be guaranteed. new tonight, emergency request for an injunction, denied. a judge rules the court won't or the teachers back to work. at this hour, everyone in madison and across wisconsin is on edge, including the governor. >> wisconsin has a 3.6 billion dollar, billion dollar deficit. that we face going into the next biannual. we're break. what we are asking for today and what we ten to be pushing for in this capitol is bold when it comes to politics. any time you challenge the status quo it is going to be bold. but it is a very modest request of our government workers across the state. >> greta: the obama administration seeps to be adding fuel to the fire. -- seems to be adding fuel to the fire. >> i think the president has his hands full with the federal deficit. he should stick to palling the federal budget. >> greta: karl rove is here to go on the record.
cenk uyger. >> all right, we've got a standoff in wisconsin. the protesters versus governor walker. walker is expected to have a press conference any minute now and we'll have that live for you. and one of the democratic state senators who left the state joins me tonight. and here's what this is all about. the rich versus the middle class. an exclusive report links the billionaire koch brothers to governor walker. surprise, surprise. we have the reporter who broke the story. he joins us tonight. and republicans tailor their cuts to help campaign donors. of course. isle sh i'll show you exactly how they're helping their friends on wall street and on big oil. plus, sarah palin's former aide is exposing everything. from palin helping her job to coordinating attacks with fox news surrogates. all the details tonight. we start tonight with wisconsin. thousands of protesters turned out in madison again today, on the seventh day of demonstrations against governor scott walker and his attempt to bust the unions. now, they were entertained by rage against the machine who showed up for an aco
's on the table tonight. you'll remember these folks, the wisconsin 14, hoosier 37. democratic lawmakers trying to desperately stop a radical republican agenda that is now viral. in ohio and new jersey. yeah. it's national. governor scott walker is a slick political opportunist getting a national reputation on the backs of wage earners. he's got his facts wrong and i'll prove it. glenn beck could fix this mess in a hurry according to a congresswoman from minnesota who represents the tea party. that's in the takedown tonight. i have a special commentary for the folks of wisconsin. way to go. this is the story that is being fired up first tonight. republicans are pulling out all stops to fundamentally change your earning potential in america. it's all about them. what we've watched unfold in wisconsin is much bigger than a union story. you got governors like scott walker and john kasich and chris chris tie. they won't stop. the battle lines have been drawn clearly in the state of wisconsin. tonight governor scott walker laid down this threat in a statewide address earlier. >> why i'm asking the m
for days or even weeks. as the union fight rages on in madison, wisconsin, the guy who confronted two lawmakers is here, now. welcome, everyone, i am here for neil cavuto. this is "your world." day four in madison, wisconsin, where the vote is on. as the battle rages between unions and the governor over cuts the state says it needs. and the power the unions are expecting to give up and 14 democrat senators are missing if action and refusing to vote and the state police showing up at the door of the democratic leader. he is nowhere to be found. we will speak with the guy who tracks down two of the senators in hiding, in a moment. but to madison, wisconsin, with the latest from the capital. mike? >> it is not just wisconsin anymore. particularly when the measures pushed by the governor walker talk about threatening the strength of collective bargaining, the essence of the strength of any union, that brought out the big guns from the afl-cio, out here with a message, you mess with one union, you mess with them all and he came out to hit governor walk are hard and publicly of the he gave
with us. "the last word with lawrence o'donnell" starts right now. >>> the wisconsin standoff continues with no one giving ground and a deadline looming friday. >> day seven, the standoff continues. >> what they are expecting here is tens of thousands to be bussed in from across the state. >> governor, are you comfortable being known as a union buster? >> no. i am a budget balancer. >> the unions say they will accept the financial burden, but the governor won't budge on ending collective bargaining. >> you give this much of your salary, i would say that is meeting the governor halfway. >> the governor of wisconsin is doing what he can. >> this governor of wisconsin is not setting out just to fix a budget, he is setting out to break a union. >> we are going to find out whether the governor thinks that he can really jam this thing down through the legislature. >> we plan to stay here right now until the governor responds. >> how much longer can this go on though? >> a crack in the republican wall as a lone gop state senator proposes a compromise. the governor still says no. >> you cannot
wisconsin citizens tonight as the standoff continues in the state over plans to strip collective bargaining rights from public employees. senate democrats say they'll not return to wisconsin unless walker makes concessions to the bill. but in a news conference last night, walker said he would not accept any compromises. >> protesters are here each and every day. there are those to be heard at least those from wisconsin but those from wisconsin they have every right to be heard. and i also want to make it clear to union leaders coming in from outside the state of wisconsin given the choice to stand with them or the millions of hard working taxpayers all across wisconsin many of whom are paying much more for health care and retirement benefits than the modest amount we're asking for in this proposal, i'm going to stand with the hard working taxpayers of wisconsin. >> the governor went on to warn that if his proposal is not passed by this friday the state could miss a chance to refinance bonds and save mms. to make up that gap, he said 1,500 state workers would have to be laid off. >> that 30
. >> this is what democracy looks like. >> labor war continues in wisconsin. who is winning? there is a new poll and we have some behind the scenes information. brit hume, juan williams, and mary katharine ham will all analyze. [chanting] >> looks like it's over for the brutal dictator gaddafi in libya. another one by by bites the dus. we will have the latest from the explosive middle east. >> fox news, can you tell the people falsehoods and deceive them. >> and george soros attacking fox news. n. a very personal way. he is bringing in nazi comparisons. >> his methods can succeed. they succeeded in germany where nazi regime followed. >> bernie goldberg will analyze. >> bill: caution, you are about to enter the no spin zone from california. the factor begins right now. ♪ >> bill: hi, i'm bill o'reilly reporting tonight from los angeles. thanks for watching us. big news day. it looks like the brutal dictator gaddafi is through in libya. we have that story ahead. first, the battle in wisconsin, the far left seems to be losing. that is the subject of this evening's talking points memo. today a fro
dismissive of the people who actually serve the state of wisconsin. and the tape flat-out proves it. but the right wing's outrage is still to cussed on sed to the protesters themselves. i'll bet the wage earners of wisconsin have something to say about the walker tapes. protesters should stay on the streets for months on end, after hearing about what they're going to hear tonight. and we'll ask them, does this change the game. this is the story that has me fired up first tonight. there is a smoking gun in wisconsin, budget standoff. a prank phone call, of all things, between governor scott walker and a reporter pretending to be billionaire republican money man david koch. has really got america buzzing. ian murphy, the editor of the website buffalo beast somehow managed to get governor walker on the phone and fooled him into believing he was billionaire david koch. the prank phone call exposed walker and really ripped the scab off the republicans and their corporate puppet masters. keep in mind, in the last election cycle, the koch brothers gave $1 million to the republican govern n
in the middle east. and the showdown at home over red ink in washington and in states like wisconsin. mounting leadership tests for president obama, as the battle lines of the 2012 campaign come into sharper view. this morning, how will the standoff in wisconsin end? and is the fight there with the unions about ideology or shared sacrifice? >> not just about the budget, now and into the future, not just about jobs or workers, this is ultimately about the future of our state. >> my guests, a man at the center of the storm, embattled republican governor, scott walker. >>> also the future of the middle east remains in doubt as libya's brutal dictator cracks down on protesters. >> these actions violate international norms and every stander of common decency. this violence must stop. >> what's next? and has the administration done enough? joining me this morning from the site of such unrest earlier this month, cairo, egypt, the ranking member on the senate armed services committee. republican john mccain. >>> then our political roundtable, what rising oil costs could mean to our own economy. can wa
for joining us tonight. >> okay, lawrence. thank you. >> a programming note. this coming sunday wisconsin governor scott walker will be among david gregory's guestsç "meet the press" on nbc, as will i. so please tune in sunday morning on your nbc station. that's tonight's "last word." "the rachel maddow show" is up next, live -- she is not live from lawrence, kansas. that's last night's script. i can see her almost around the corner there if i just lean. >> hi, lawrence. >> hi, rachel. >> hi, lawrence. thanks. congratulations on "meet the press." i will not miss it. >> it's going to be fun. >> indeed. thanks to you at home for staying with us for the next hour as well. pop quiz for you. who is the leader of the republican party? this is not a deep analysis question. i literally mean who is paid to have that job? who has the actual job of being the leader of the republican party? it's not michael steele anymore, right? so who is in charge of the party now? if you guessed rantz prebis, then you probably watch this show regularly. so thank you. extra credit on tonight's pop quiz. what was
! >> to wisconsin the union battle. now new fears if the unions win there a federal bailout could be next for cash strapped states everywhere. welcome to forbes on fox. rich, could all that is happening in wisconsin lead to a federal bailout for all states? >> yeah, it could be the first one. across the united states we have one trillion dollars of unfunded men and health care liability for all public service workers, including teachers. i'm on the side of governor walker on this. he ran on this christie-like platform. he was elected to do the tough measures that he's doing. god bless him. we've got to stop this grease-like slide into fiscal insolvency. >> christie new jersey's governor has taken to tough measures. andrew cuomo the new governor of new york is saying he has to do the same. >> no one is saying governor walker needs to behave like such a tpheufrpb come poop. saying i've got -- tpheufrpb come poop. saying i've got my hands tie in wisconsin corporate taxes contribute one half to revenues what they did in 1985. this deficit is due to cutting corporate liabilities further why don't they
away. >> but first, to wisconsin. angry union unrest is escalating and spreading throughout the midwest in ohio, protesters fighting a senate bill they call an assault on public employees in indiana, rallies against the right to work bill in their legislature. the biggest crowds in wisconsin, 14 state democratic senators are hiding in illinois. mike tobin joins us from madison. >> reporter: the lousy weather did draw down some of the numbers but did not eliminate the pro-union demonstrators and their passion. they got help from a guitarist. a little ad hoc concert in the chill. despite the numbers and passions, the governor here presses on without compromises to this bill that limits collective bargaining. in fact, the governor shot down any notion of a compromise that would limit collective bargaining on a temporary basis. he said that would shuttle the budget problem to the next election cycle. teachers also shot down that compromise because they believe collective bargaining is untouchable, even if only on a temporary basis. the senate will get back to business tomorrow, despite not
in wisconsin accusing fox news of distorting the story. we'll give you the facts and why this is happening. >> come on, ladies, lift those middle fingers to god like you mean it. >> bill: the supreme court about to rule on the vile westboro demonstrators who interrupt funerals. >> what grade would you give him now two and a half years in? mr. secretary? [ laughter ] >> and former defense secretary donald rumsfeld taking some heat from david david letterman. >> is the united states behind all of these demonstrations? [ laughter ] >> no. >> we'll show you what happened there. >> thanks for being here. >> bill: caution, you are about to enter the no spin zone from california. the factor begins right now. plrch ♪ ♪ >> bill: hi, i'm bill o'reilly reporting tonight from los angeles. thanks for watching us. pro union forces step it up in wisconsin. that is the subject of this evening's talking points memo with almost everything on the line for the unions and the democratic party in america, the situation in wisconsin is not calming down. in fact, governor scott walker now says he could fire 1
and it is escalating. a live report from inside libya is minutes away. but first to wisconsin, where angry union unrest is escalating and spreading. in ohio, protesting an adult on public employees. in indiana, rallies against the right-to-work bill in their legislature. and the biggest crowds are in wisconsin, where 14 senators are hiding out in illinois. mike to bein joins us from madison. >> reporter: in the chill here on the capitol grounds. despite the numbers and the passions, governor-- the governor here presses on without any compromises to this bill that limits collective bargaining. in fact, the governor shot down any notion of a compromise that would limit collective bargaining on a tempterary basis. he said that would shuttle budget problems to the next election cycle. incidentally, teachers also shot down that compromise because they believe that collective bargaining is untouchable, even if only on a temporary basis. the senate will get back to business tomorrow, despite not having the democrats who fled across state lines. to decide issues that don't involve finances, they don't need the
from "the nation" magazine. we're awaiting at this moment to hear from wisconsin's republican governor scott walker who we're told will speak any minute about the labor crisis that's overtaken that state. we'll bring that to you live when it happens. the uprising continues today where 30,000 school kids and their teacher, public employees, neighbors, spouses, parents and supporters of all stripes are fighting back against an anti-labor power grab. newly elected scott walker and his republican cohort are trying to jam through a budget that would take away collective bargaining rights for the state's public workers. but 14 democratic state senators have pulled the emergency brake. they fled the state, denying the republican majority the quorum it needs to pass the bill. they're at an undisclosed hotel in the chicago area, but they are tweeting, interviewing and let it be known, willing to fight. the leader of the wisconsin state democrats matt miller said, quote, this is a watershed moment unlike any that we have experienced in our political lifetimes. the people have shown that the gove
. thousands of workers rally in wisconsin against a governor trying to cut workers' wages and workers' rights. and now students are protesting in support of their teachers. that's real people standing up against real injustice. commentary coming up. rush limbaugh has got it backwards. he says if health care isn't repealed this country should go egypt on president obama in the next election? okay, rush. we'll hold you to that. and governor haley barbour won't take a stand against a proposal for a state license plate honoring a confederate leader who was the grand wizard of the ku klux klan. this is the story that has me fired up tonight. in my heart, there's no bigger story in america. for middle class americans, there is no bigger story than what is unfolding in wisconsin because other states will follow. the turnout today was fantastic. on the grounds of the state capitol in madison, wisconsin. today the crowd is fighting governor scott walker's attempt to bust unions and take their hard earned money. that's the bottom line. "the wisconsin state journal" reported more than 10,000 protesters
death. because in prison, danger never dies  >>> on wisconsin, let's play "hardball." good evening, i'm chris mathews up in new york. leading up tonight's state of chaos. depending on whom you ask, one of two things is happening in wisconsin this week. either the republican governor out there is trying to get his arms around the budget and make public employees merely pay their fair share of benefits, or that same republican governor's out manufacturing a budget crisis in order to break the unions, especially one he doesn't particularly like. we've got people on both sides of this issue tonight. >>> also, who wins if the republicans force the federal government shut down? i think a shut down's coming and maybe sooner than you think. plus, the gop is back at it again. you wouldn't be surprised. focusing on culture issues and abortion rights. whatever happened to all of the republicans talking about jobs? and what's the worst bill in america? the fugitive slave law? no according to phil it's the iraq war bill. >>> and the story everyone seems to have m
is this a sign of things to come? >> wisconsin's legislature vows to press on with or without the missing democrats. >> it is time to move forward. >> sean: the state's lt. governor is here with the >> crazy qadhafi. libya theaters on the brink as iranian warships put the region on high alert. is the mideast on the verge of collapse? >> governor huckabee is here from our government.; the obama add may want to take notes. back to business that's what is happening today in wisconsin. scott fitzgerald pledges to move forward with the state's pressing agenda. despite the continuing absence of senate democratshf. >> we are ready to do business. we the bill is not negotiable. >> sean: all 14 senate democrats have been mia since thursday in an effort to prevent a vote on scott walker's bill. that9t measure aims to reduceÑaÑ wisconsin's swelling deficit by increasing cost of benefits and curbing collective bargaining rights. governor walker argued against the democrats cut last night on this program. >> i applaud senate majority leader scott fitzgerald bringing the senate to the floor tomorrow.
and this is "fox news sunday." wisconsin state capital, the new frontline in the battle over how to cut government spending. with other states watching we will talk to the republican governor scott walker about his plan to change the rules for public employee unions. >>> then, the president's budget lands on capitol hill. now, the debate over how much to cut. we'll hear from two senators who could hold the key to compromise. oklahoma republican tom coburn and missouri democrat claire mccaskill. plus, protests spread across the middle east. we will bring you the latest and ask our sunday panel ha is happening in region. our power play of the week. a general's wife finds her own way to serve our military. all right now on "fox news sunday." and hello again from fox news in washington. the political firestorm in wisconsin over proposed changes to bargaining rights and benefits for government workers intensified this weekend. here is the latest. an estimated 70,000 demonstrators gathered at the state capitol saturday, most opposed to the governor's budget plan but also some supporters. public employee
of wisconsin where you are just making harder for public employees to collectively bargain generally, seems like more of an assault on unions, and i think it's a very important for us to understand that public employees, they are our neighbors, they are our friends. they make a lot of sacrifices and a big distributicontributios important not to vilify them and suggest that the problems are due to public employees. >> as i mentioned repeatedly over the last couple of days, certainly the thousands of people here and outside the capital have every right to be heard, but i want to make sure that not for one moment are their voices drowning out the voices of the millions of taxpayers across the state of wisconsin. >> good morning, everybody. welcome to "morning joe." 6:00 on the east coast. it's friday. live lock at capitol hill. mike barnacle is still here. >> yeah, been here all night. >> how was the park yesterday? >> opening day. >> opening day. put on the shades, sat on the park bench and freaked out thousands of new yorkers. >> you got it. >> meacham is here. brought his pulitzer prize. >>
. a lot to take in in wisconsin. it could be only the first battle ground for what will be a national debate. good morning, everybody, i'm bill hemmer, welcome to "america's newsroom". how you doing? martha: good to have you here, i'm martha maccallum. they got a lot of noise, you just saw that, but they can't hold a vote on that because the lawmakers have skipped out of town, the governor being called a dictator by some of these people, he says something has got to give to save the state. >> we're broke in wisconsin. we don't have more money to give, we don't have anything to negotiate with. it's a matter of making reductions and making modest requests of our government employees, or looking at massive layoffs at a time we don't need anybody else laid off. >> the most important thing is we do not, the workers of the state of wisconsin, do not deserve to be treated like mud. bill: so where are we today? mike tobin is live in madison, wisconsin. what's expected there mike? good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the senate and assembly will come to order today. they just won't get any
wisconsin senator rust fine gold. good evening, rachel. >> good evening. we are happy to have rust with us tonight. thanks for sticking with us for this hour. >>> if you are not a regular consumer of regular media in this country, if you aren't watching the fox news channel, listening to right wing talk radio or reading right wing blogs all day, we are in a moment in american politics in which there are things happening, things being proposed and enacted by elected officials that may seem out of the blue to you, may seem like they don't bear any relationship to the actual news in our country, the actual challenges that we actually face. nevertheless, these things are being acted on with great urgency by conservative politicians. for example, the state of oklahoma voting to ban sharia law. actually, 13 states moving to ban sharia law. is there any threat of sharia law taking over an american state? no not in any sense of a fact. it is the same dynamic we saw with death panels in health reform, right? if you consume fact based information about health reform, you would know the death panels
're going to tell you about people who poured their hearts and soul into the wisconsin fight and people who have not. some people like patriotthe pro and the democrats in the congress. they only held the vote open for just a few seconds, which meant that 28 members, most of them democrats didn't even get to vote. this was the response from democratic representatives when they realized what republicans had done. >> shame! shame! shame! shame! shame! shame! shame! shame! shame! shame! shame! shame! shame! >> now, that's democrats with passion and fire in their belly. those are guys who are fighting who have been fighting all along. on the other hand, we have a group of democratic governors who just came out of the white house. after being asked numerous times about the situation inform wisconsin and deflecting numerous time, here's what governor o'malley of maryland finally said. >> i think most of us see that as a distraction really from the most important work that we can do which is creating jobs. all of us get things done. we're about getting things done. we're not primarily and ideologic
the time we have. >> greta: have you seen what is going on in wisconsin? it is wild that is only the tip of the iceberg. hear about the wisconsin state senators? the democratic senators have fled the state and they are in hiding. why? to avoid voting. a vote that would take away some union rights in wisconsin. union workers are furious at the republican governor trying to balance a 3 1/2 billion dollar deficit, without raising taxes. in wisconsin it is getting really ugly. >> at 3:00 in the morning after a day long hearing this is the rebirth of the progressive movement. >> all sorts of crazy stuff going on now. >> unions! >> workers rights are here to stay. >> kill the bill! >> i knew there would be intensity. the other day they predicted 20,000, there was 13,000. everybody has a right to have a say. >> now it is like stabbing me in the back for all of my hard work. i work hard for my students, they know that. it is just -- it is an assault on our families. >> we cannot afford to have massive cuts that he's proposing. we cannot afford to have these things. that in the long term will set
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